This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1867. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVI. • DESCRIPTION OF VARIETIES. TT would be worse than useless to give a list of all the -*- varieties that have appeared. A large number of them, if tried, would prove to be merely duplicates of known kinds, or so closely resembling them, that the difference is not noticeable. Many others have been consigned to oblivion as unworthy of culture. Of the fifteen hundred varieties collected in the Garden of the Luxembourg, only about three hundred are regarded as distinct, and less than fifty can be called really desirable. Of these, it would be best to make a still larger reduction, selecting the best five or ten, or at most twenty; always placing the Black Hamburg in the fore-front for general culture. It is therefore wise to retain only such kinds as have known excellence, and give marked prominence to the best. This is becoming an easy task in respect to e'xotic grapes, as opinions are settling down upon a solid basis; though, within a few years, there have been an unusual number of seedlings brought to notice in England, which give promise of becoming really valuable varieties, -- such as the Bowood Muscat, the Muscat Hamburg, Lady Downes, the Golden Hamburg, and some others. But, with native kinds, experiment is rife: seedlings and hybrids are multiplying to a surprising degree; and the list will continue to extend until some one or more shall stand as prominent for general excellence among our natives as the Black Hamburg does among exotics. I shall endeavor to name only such as have known excellence, or are. now prominently before the public. EXOTIC KINDS. Aleppo. -- Belongs to the Chasselas family; the berries being round and thin-skinned, curiously striped from light to pink and black; sweet, but of second quality. Knight's variegat...
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